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A Hand Made Swiss Embroidery


The artist who made this doily-style table mat is unknown but the embroidered object dates to the first quarter of the twentieth century and was made in Appenzell Innerrhoden, Switzerland. The canton (or state) was an unlikely sanctuary for hand embroidery skills, which resisted industrialization despite literally being surrounded by it.
Switzerland, hand embroidery, cotton, linen, St. Gallen, Appenzell

Stitched Samplers: Voices from the Past


What were you doing when you were twelve years old: riding bikes with friends, lip synching to your favorite band, watching bad TV shows, making cookies? I might have a hard time remembering exactly what occupied my time when I was twelve, but I am absolutely certain that I was not embroidering an intricate sampler as Margaret Barnholt was in 1831.
sampler, embroidery, silk, cotton, Church, weeping willow, alphabet, numbers, needlework

Made by Hand: Alabama Chanin


The evening of May 19th capped off a three-day residency at the Cooper-Hewitt for Natalie Chanin, founder and designer of the design studio Alabama Chanin. Chanin, one of the founders of the burgeoning “slow fashion” movement, followed up her two-day Design Directions workshop for teenagers with an hour-long public lecture and book signing. 
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